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The trick is to get as far away from them as possible. Every Fourth of July, a barge loaded with fireworks--the most expensive, technologically advanced pyrotechnic display that money can buy--weighs anchor in the Charles River, the small snake of water that separates Boston and Cambridge before it bleeds into the Atlantic. It waits between the Longfellow Bridge, the one curving over the Charles like a brick-laid set of salt and pepper shakers lined...
Date three, maybe four. I'm standing on his New York City-sized balcony, swimming in a borrowed bathrobe that is plush and cocaine white in my memory but was probably more like navy blue and in need of a wash. We're passing a joint back and forth through the open door: him inside searching for something on his laptop, me outside wondering where we'll be a year from now. (Hint: not together.) When he finds what...
You’ll often hear New Yorkers identify themselves as New Yorkers before Americans, Brooklynites before Americans—probably vegans before Americans. Yes, you know who you are. Perhaps this hesitation to fully embrace Americanness actually results from a disconnect in cultural values (but more realistically, probably from the lack of space here), but it’s true. The high school football, outdoor cookouts, and outwardly zealous American pride so synonymous with “American” culture don’t always burn as bright here. This...
In Williamsburg if you want to sit outside, near the river, and drink a beer at an establishment with an unobstructed view of the water, good luck. Over the past decade, the Williamsburg waterfront has been snatched up by developers, and implanted with residential high rises, beginning with that conspicuous trailblazing development, The Edge. It and similar-looking friends have taken away most straight-shot views of the East River, and places to hang out along it,...

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